Medal of Honor Rising Sun Review


November 20, 2004 by

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The Medal of Honour series have been renowned for their accurate history of wars, as well as their great gameplay. Medal of Honour: Rising Sun keeps this reputation going, and adds more to it. Featuring a number of authentic weapons and locations based on war history, Medal of Honour: Rising Sun is an enjoyable war shooter, however it also features some problems.

The game begins with a great cut scene showing you and other comrades asleep in a large ship. Than, an explosion jolts you and the comrades awake, just as a commando runs in and yells for everyone to get on deck. You than begin play, playing as Corporal Joseph D. Griffin in one of the most well known historical war events that have ever occurred. You are in Pearl Harbour.

Medal of Honour: Rising Sun takes you from the Japanese surprise attack on Pearl Harbour to the lush, dense rainforests of Guadal Canal, all the way to the streets of Japan. Throughout these levels the layout and design of both the levels and the positions of the enemies is highly commendable. The whole look and feel of the game makes you believe you are actually where you are. In Pearl Harbour, for example, explosions hit and your whole screen shakes, or in dense jungles there are trees, bushes and rocks lingering everywhere, with enemies hiding around these waiting to surprise you as you walk near them.

Being based around World War 2, weapons, vehicles, houses and cloths are designed specifically to show this. You wont see any high technology weapons here; instead, you will be using the same weapons the soldiers did. Your weaponry consists everything from the M1911 Pistol, Springfield 03 Rifle, M1 Semi-Automatic Rifle to the Thompson M1 SMG and Winchester 1893 Riot Shotgun, and not to forgot the usual grenades and a Bazooka. As well as in game history, actual historical clips are shown in-between missions, giving you more knowledge of the storyline. Add great computer generated cut-scenes, and the whole storyline flows nicely.

Medal of Honour: Rising Sun, unlike the other Medal of Honour series, also features co-op missions, where two players are able to help each other through the levels. However, in order to get through these levels you will need to use both players to do things, such as putting out fires or busting open doors. This allows a bit of a difference from single player mode, which expands the lifespan of the game.
As well as co-op mode, Rising Sun also features the usual multi-player death match, where more than one player are able to go against each other with or without computerised bots, or if they prefer, team up to kill a team of bots. You are also able to choose the location, weaponry, characters and kill/time limits. This does add lifespan to the game, but there is nothing revolutionary here, with other first person shooters out there having more options.

Enemy AI in Rising Sun are some of the best done. They will hide when reloading their weapons. They shoot from a distance, or charge at you with their bayonets, or attack you with a sword if you are close.

Medal of Honour: Rising Sun features a reasonably lengthy single player mode. Each of the missions are lengthy. The co-operation mode adds the value of the game, allowing you and a buddy to play through the single player missions. The multiplayer mode adds even more to this, featuring a large number of levels and weapons. A major problem regarding the single player mode is however linear the game is. There is little choice as to where you venture next; as you are forced by walls of vegetation to follow a limited path. This damages the feel of an authentic war experience greatly.

The graphics in Medal of Honour: Rising Sun has improvements over the previous Medal of Honour games. The buildings and characters are well detailed, however the outskirts of levels, such as buildings and trees, are poor. On top of this, when you get close to bushes they appear to be a blurry 2D image. However, the graphics in general is great. The characters are well detailed, with all body parts moving appropriately. When you reload your weapon, it shows the weapon being reloaded.

Improvements that could be made on the graphics could be the bushes not looking like a blurry 2D image when you get close to them, and these bushes actually moving when you walk through them. Some buildings and the trees and shrubs that mark out the boundaries of the levels could also be more detailed, and be made to look that it does continue, and not just drop off the face of the earth. This may not all be possible with todays technology, but it is something that could be thought about.
Overall, the graphics in Rising Sun are of a general standard.

Medal of Honour: Rising Sun Features Dolby Surround Sound. If you have a surround sound system, you will be enjoying some great music, talking and sound effects. It defiantly improves the experience of the game. However, if you dont have the luxury of surround sound, you still will be able to enjoy the sound.
Weapon fire in Rising Sun sounds close to life like, and so light and fake like many other shooting games available today.
Voice acting is executed well and appropriately. Enemies will yell when the begin attacking you, or make noises as you kill them. The voice acting in the cut scenes is commendable.

Medal of Honour: Rising Sun depicts war at a high standard. It is planned exactly like World War 2 was, and blends it into a game perfectly. Single player will keep you playing for hours, than you have the multiplayer mode to play once you are sick of single player. I highly recommend this game.

Rating: 8.0/10

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